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From: Callie (71.52.195.96)
Subject:         Think dog nose -- sneaky does NOT work smelly does
Date: June 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm PST

In Reply to: Sneaky pet owners posted by cranston snort on June 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm:

Been a LONG time since you've posted!!

Just remember -- dogs have such a refined sense of smell that "hiding" pills is frankly a losing battle. They ***know*** it's there and that just makes them want to find it!

I never hide meds. I TELL them it's there. I also tell them that it's what Dr. B gave them to help the hurt. Call me crazy, but none of my dogs ever give me a second's trouble about meds.

Give the dog something *slippery* -- butter probably works the best, liverwurst is probably my favorite. It's slick as heck and it's smell is nearly irresistible to them. Cut it in small chunks -- you'll need THREE or FOUR.

Give the food and let the dog eat in peace. Before you give the food, show it (so the dog knows it's not hidden) THEN show the pill on the counter and say "After".

Then take the 3-4 chunks of liverwurst (or soft butter works great if you have a dish you can keep so you can just scoop out a fingerfull as you need it but this has to be FAST).

Hold up the first chunk and say "No pill in this one - just good stuff"

Hold it way way above the nose (hopefully the dog is in a sit - it's easier) so the throat is straight and let them take it from your fingers.

Then **SHOW** the next one as you smush the pill in it. (Don't hide it -- truly don't -- you only make your dog not trust you). Say "Ok -- this way it won't taste bad -- JUST SWALLOW don't chew!" (those are commands and I'll get to that in a minute -- any dog can learn this)

BUT at the same time show the other pieces and say "For AFTER"

Hold the pill one above the nose and let the dog take it HOLDING THE 2d **close** and just as soon as the first one goes in the mouth hold up the 2d for them to take immediately. (They can't usually risk trying to spit out the pill for fear of missing the next morsel -- this is not playing fair but it WORKS!)

They hate being lied to -- especially a dog who loves you. But you show this way that it won't taste bad going down it should help.

I know what I said above sounds odd -- I DO teach "Just swallow" and "Chew it" as commandss -- it really helps in cases like that.

You teach "swallow" like you teach a dog NOT to bark by teaching them TO bark on command. Same principle.

teach "Chew GOOD!!" -- Take bits of something tough and chewy -- like strips of steak or jerky. Say "Chew!" by offering a strip of tough meat or jerky -- but HANG ONTO the strip of meat and let them tug at it and eat it by nibbling off bits. Nod head, huge praise, shoulder rubs with the other hand. Now I generalize that to stuff like bits of raw sweet potato or carrot or watermellon, cantalope, etc. Just sorta hang onto them and I get rowdy happy as they 'get it' and continue to chew once I let go of it.

Then teach "Swallow" as you put that gob of liverwurst -- but hold the gob above the nose and the command "swallow" will be you stroking the throat underneath as they swallow.

I never hide stuff -- their nose is SO astute and if distrust is making the dog not eat, you don't want to put meds in food -- it can totally put them off their food.


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